Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
If hostilities between Israel and Germany should ever break out it would most likely take the form of a combined EU (headed by Germany) action on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs. Such action is not an improbability. It may have been considered in the past but placed on the shelf at the insistence of the UK. Anything can happen but if in the future such a program should be put into action we would expect both the USA and the UK to intervene.
Answer by Yair:
Israel has Observer Status with theÂ Five EyesÂ (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) intelligence gathering and sharing alliance. This may have additional alliance implications.
On December 23, 2016, the UK drafted and saw passed a UN Security Council resolution critical of Israeli settlements. About 430,000 Israeli settlers live in the areas of Judah and Samaria. Another 200,000 Israelis live in parts of Jerusalem, considered Palestinian by some EU people. The resolution was passed because the USA abstained at the instruction of President Obama.
It may be that the UK though having drafted the resolution had nevertheless assumed in advance that it would not pass?
On December 29, 2016, a spokesman for UK PM May criticized a speech of John Kerry, then US Secretary of State, who a day before had spoken against Israel, the settlements, and the Netanyahu Government.
Â In the eyes of the UK, the speech was considered unduly critical of Israel and of its duly elected PM, and out of place. In other words the USA under Obama was being asked to tone it down.
On January 15, 2017, more than 70 nations attended a summit in Paris on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
A declaration in favor of the Palestinians and preserving the two-state solution was formulated.
The UK and AUSTRALIA declined to sign.
At that time President Obama was still in power but Donald Trump was already the President Elect.
Â The Trump team had informed the UK that it was against the anti-Israeli declaration.
In addition to wishing to clearly align the UK with the USA under Donald Trump the UK action may be seen as a deliberate distancing from EU bondage as well as a residual respect for Israel with whom the UK in a de facto sense is in alliance.